CHELSEA, Mass. (WHDH) -
The Market Basket supermarket chain has made good on promises to fire employees who skipped work to attend a rally in support of the former chief executive.
The company said in a statement that eight employees were fired over the weekend because "Their actions continued to harm the company, negatively impacted customers, and inhibited associates' ability to perform their jobs."
Some of those fired had more than four decades with the Tewksbury-based chain, which has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
About 2,000 employees and others rallied at company headquarters Friday to call for the reinstatement of fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.
Meanwhile, some Market Basket stores started running out of food as deliveries had stopped on Friday.
Former President and CEO Arthur Demoulas was removed from his post last month and employees want him to have his job back. Employees rallied on Friday outside of the company headquarters in Tewksbury, including the people that drive the delivery trucks.
Because some workers haven't been showing up to the job, shoppers are walking in to Market Baskets to find empty shelves and employees looking for a signature of support.
In a Chelsea Market Basket, one of the more popular branches of the chain, the shelves are empty, especially in the produce department.
Seventeen Massachusetts lawmakers have called for a boycott of the chain.
"I would not be here if he did not have over 3000 employees willing to risk their jobs, their livelihood," said State Sen. Barry Finegold. "They're not asking to the higher wages. They're not asking for benefits for them. They are asking for their company, that they built, to continue on the same direction."